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The most interesting timepiece collaborations this season

Horology brands collide with the worlds of fashion, electronic music, and each other.

 

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IWC: Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Orlebar Brown”

It’s not every day that a fine-watch brand teams up with one from the world of fashion. As part of the activities for its sporty-nautical Portugieser Yacht Club range this year, IWC partners Orlebar Brown, a London-based resort wear brand best known for its elegant swim shorts. The collaborative 44.6mm timepiece features a blue dial and a co-branded side-fastener buckle – a nod to the side fasteners found on Orlebar Brown swim shorts. To complete your on-deck look, the two brands have also co-created a nine-piece capsule clothing collection.

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Zenith: Defy 21 Carl Cox

Even though we have doubts about the watches that brands create in tandem with their trendy ambassadors, we were won over by the “vinyl record” running seconds of Zenith’s watch for electronic music producer Carl Cox. Powered by an El Primero movement, the carbon-cased watch has a chronograph that’s precise to 1/100 of a second. Its carbon-fibre bezel and red rubber strap features are lumed and light up in the dark, perfect for a rave.

 

Ressence: Type 1 Slim “Ayrton & Finlay”

In horology, it’s not uncommon for young brands to seek crowd-sourced funding. But crowd-sourced design, for a luxury watch that is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s for charity? Now, that’s rare. In June, Englishman Raymond Ramsden won a competition organised by Ressence and Sotheby’s – the names of the watch references those of his children. Beating 465 other entries, Ramsden’s colourful version of the Belgian brand’s Type 1 Slim model sold for HK$375,000 (S$67,225), which went to Covid-19 research.

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Hublot: Big Bang GMT All Black Yohji Yamamoto

Hublot customers cannot get enough of the brand’s all-black timepieces. Japanese fashion legend Yohji Yamamoto dresses exclusively and designs mostly in black. This match made in horological and fashion heaven led to the creation of this ultra-inky 45mm watch with black everything – ceramic case, hands, dial, rubber strap, and smoked sapphire crystal. Made to mark the opening of Hublot’s new Ginza boutique, only 50 pieces were made.

 

H. Moser and MB & F: Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser X MB & F

What happens when two of today’s most out-there independent watch brands join forces? You get a pair of timepieces – each brand did their own take – with intense high-horology features. The one you see here is H. Moser’s version, which combines its signature gradated dial with extreme 3D features. A flying tourbillon, equipped with a cylindrical hairspring, rises above the main dial at 12 o’clock while a tilted dial, first seen on MB&F’s Flying T model, shows the time.

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